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GLOSSARY CHUKKER: Period of play consisting of 7-1/2 minutes. There are 4 or 6 chukkers in a game. FOULS: While often hard to see, one can usually tell a foul by listening to the players after the whistle blows.  Most fouls occur when the play is dangerous to the horses and their players. Below is a list of common fouls: t Zig-zag or cut across in front of a galloping man. t Crossing close behind another pony to get into position to hook the opponent. t Reaching over or under a pony to hook.  A player may hook fairly if he is on the side where the play is being made or directly behind or in front of the striking player. t Bumping a player at an angle and causing the horse to stagger.  The players must be parallel to bump or ride-off fairly. t No picks can be used.  They are extremely dangerous for the horses. HANDICAP:  Players are rated by the USPA Handicap Committee from -2 to 10, ten being the best in the world. There are only eleven active 10-goal players in the USPA. HOOK:   One of the two defensive maneuvers (the other is the ride-off) allowed in the rules.  The mallet is used to block, or interfere with another player’s swing at the ball. NEAR  SIDE:  The left side of the polo pony. NECK  SHOT:  Hitting the ball under a horse’s neck. LINE  OF  THE  BALL:  Imaginary line produced by the ball when it is hit or deflected. RIDE  OFF: Similar to a body check in hockey, a ride-off is used to break an opposing player’s concentration, move him off the line of the ball or spoil his shot.  A ride-off is hard and dramatic, but if executed properly, does not endanger the horses. THIRD   MAN: usually at mid-field; does not call the fouls but is the final word in the case of a dispute between the two mounted referees.  Top: Alvaro Tadeo pushes Charlie Peterson off the line of the ball to gain possession. Bottom: Mariano Fassetta makes a clean neck shot.

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San Diego Polo Magazine 2012  

The San Diego Polo Club's 26th issue of our annual polo magazine.

San Diego Polo Magazine 2012  

The San Diego Polo Club's 26th issue of our annual polo magazine.

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